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She Crab Bisque

Total Time: 1 hr 5 min
Yield: 1 gallon


1 pound unsalted butter, divided
1 cup medium-diced carrots
1 cup medium-diced celery
1 cup medium-diced onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 cups sherry
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 quart crab or lobster stock
3 quarts heavy cream
2 tablespoons crab boil seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)
2 ounces crab roe, or sea urchin roe (uni)
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
2 pounds crab meat


In heavy saucepan or stock pot over medium-high heat, add 3/4 pound butter, carrots, celery, onions, and garlic and cook until the vegetables have begun to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Deglaze with the sherry, and stir and scrape up any bits. Once deglazed, add the flour and stir into the butter to create a roux. Once well mixed, add the stock and cream, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for 25 minutes, stirring throughout to ensure the soup does not scorch.

Pulse the soup with a hand mixer to mince the vegetables. Add the crab boil seasoning, crab roe, and parsley and continue to cook for 10 minutes. Remove the soup from heat, whisk in the remaining 1/4 pound butter, and stir in the crab meat.


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